Leopardstown Thu, 20th Aug, 2020
Finans Bay I suppose he had the form and the rating to win it but in those extreme conditions you are never that happy. He coped with it,. Ronan said the race fell apart a bit and he was there plenty soon enough, but he's a decent horse and he's improving, getting better with every run. It's nice to get the maiden out of the way as the year was kicking on. While it wasn't ideal, we thought it was an opportunity for him and we'll step him up in grade now. He stepped up from a mile there and I'm sure he'd go another furlong as well, if he needed to, especially on ground that he would like. We'll see what the handicapper thinks of that. He's a progressive horse, I like him as he has a great mind and I think he'll only get better.
Curragh Fri, 14th Aug, 2020
Frenetic I blame myself for her in Naas. The best horse won on the day but I didn’t train her for that race and we ran as an afterthought which you can’t do. She’s in the Ballyhane race at Naas next week. We’ll do the right thing by the filly and if she is absolutely squealing and bouncing she might turn up. The Flying Childers is another possibility in Doncaster but with the way Covid is I’d like to campaign her here.
Cork Sat, 8th Aug, 2020
Sloane Peterson She had to do it the hard way on her own, she is very honest and is probably better off going back up in trip again. The plan was to get her ready for the Ballyhane Stakes (worth €320,000 but which doesn't carry black-type status) on August 23 so if we didn't run here, there weren't too many options for her over six furlongs. She has a nice pedigree and it is good for Craig (Bernick, owner) who gave a nice few quid for her at the sales last year. Ultimately the plan is to get black-type and to be part of Craig's broodmare band but we might have a shot at the money first!
Gowran Park Sat, 25th Jul, 2020
Kodiac Prince To get two in the one week is great, after waiting so long for one. I'm delighted with him and he has improved since his last run at Leopardstown, hopefully he'll improve again from that. Rory got a good feel from him at Leopardstown and he seems to be progressing, and going the right way. Hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on him now and we can have another day out of him. I'll have a chat with Helena and Matty O'Toole that own him and we'll see what there is now. I can't imagine he'll come back for a couple of weeks.
Cork Sun, 12th Jul, 2020
Nebo He has had a lot of problems; he had a very good run at the Curragh last year over a mile and was in such good form the following day he reared up and slapped over and broke his wither,. So he’s about an inch and a half smaller than he was last year and it took a lot of time and patience to get him back. Everything settled back but it took him a while to get going. His owners had the patience to wait and thankfully they were rewarded. Maybe we might look at the mile handicap at Galway or else go for a Listed race; it is depending on what attitude the handicapper takes. He is an exciting horse, he is only a small horse but carried 9st11lbs today.
Navan Thu, 9th Jul, 2020
Papa Bear He finally got his head in front. He's a horse that always promised a lot and had a few very good runs last year. He just got sick on us last year and took ages to come back. His run in Fairyhouse, the first day, was too bad to be true. He had a good run the last day and got his head in front there today. He's in the sales next month but we'll have a chat with Patrick Cooper and see what he wants to do. Shane seems to think the blinkers helped him there.
Curragh Sat, 27th Jun, 2020
Frenetic She’s the fastest we have and was our Queen Mary horse if we had one. The plan was to go to Naas (for the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes) next week with her and we held an entry here just to see how the race panned out. I said to Colin going out to be careful with the wind like that as she’s light and his biggest problem was going to be keeping her on the ground. I’ll hold an entry next Saturday. I don’t want to abuse her but she’s a two-year-old written all over her and if she’s fit and well will go to Naas next Saturday.
Curragh Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
Bearberry She had a great run at Leopardstown and she came on a ton from that,. I was a bit worried about her when we were saddling her as she was a bit fractious and when she went out on the track she was humping her back a bit. She showed it coming out of the stalls. There is plenty of improvement in her and I'd say we'll look for a nice winners of one. We'll try and nick a bit of black-type, it would be nice for the owner/breeders. She probably wants to go up in trip as well as she just got there on the line.
Curragh Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
A Ma Chere It's nice to get a two-year-old winner. The dam was very good, she was placed in Group Ones and was a group winner herself. This is arguably the nicest produce that she's had so far, physically,. She's done it well. She was very green, I thought she was sure to win a furlong-and-a-half down but she was running all over the place. When the penny dropped you felt she was going to get there. I'd say another furlong will be appreciated in time. We'll step her up to stakes class now and see. She'll have learned an awful lot from that and she hit the line well, which is the main thing.
Roscommon Mon, 22nd Jun, 2020
Frank Arthur He came out of the race on Friday in Gowran Park very well. He’s a laid-back character at home and looks great, so we said we’d take our chance and it was a good shout to bring him back. He’s a nice horse going forward, appreciated the ground and will get further. It’s nice to win a maiden with him.
Leopardstown Sun, 14th Jun, 2020
Confidence High He got 15lb for winning here on Tuesday so the mathematics said he had to run with the 6lb penalty. A lot of times you are forced to do this and it doesn’t work out but we knew he was in good form. The only drama came at the stalls with the horse next door and he was taken out. It’s testament to his character that he never flinched. Billy said he was a gent in the stalls and all the commotion was beside him.
Navan Wed, 10th Jun, 2020
Frenetic she's a lovely filly and we've always thought a bit of her. She's owned by new foreign clients, managed by Ed Sackville. Ed Sackville bought her at the sales (for 170,000gns at Tattersalls last October) and Ger was underbidder on her that day. He kindly sent her to us afterwards. She's been very professional from the word go and we knew she was an early type. Colin said she was very professional in the stalls, very professional throughout the race, and liked the ground. On that performance you'd like to think we'd go stakes hunting now. We'll stay at home and probably go to Naas next (Group 3 Juvenile Fillies Sprint on July 4th). She's very sharp and professional. We knew that and wanted to get her on to the track to prove it to us. We have a nice bunch of horses.
Leopardstown Tue, 9th Jun, 2020
Confidence High He did it well. He was a horse we liked last year, and we named him appropriately, but he disappointed us,. Anybody that rode him said that he was a lovely horse. We finished him early, gelded him, and just gave him time. The delay in racing might have worked in his favour. He delivered, you can never be confident until you get to the racecourse. I'm very happy. It was a nice straight-forward ride and I'm delighted. He's in again Sunday so he could come back here and then we'll go from there. He's a horse that I hope has a future, we certainly like him. He has a good attitude, is a good mover and a very straight-forward horse.